The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen is back thanks to a Disney+ revival, but don’t expect the masked Matt Murdock to throw the same (gory) punch he did during Daredevil‘s Netflix run.
In with an interview NMEclarified star Charlie Cox — who first embodied the Nelson and Murdock Law Office co-founder and blind vigilante for three seasons starting in 2015 — that fans of the original series should expect some similarities within the Disney+ show Daredevil: Reborn when it comes to his tone.
But the actor also cautioned, as someone who believes that “this character works best when it targets a slightly more mature audience,” that other things are bound to be different. “My instinct is that on Disney+ it’s going to be dark, but it probably won’t be as gory,” he said.
Fans of the original Netflix series were particularly attached to Daredevil‘s more mature, gritty and unabashedly brutal TV-MA version, which was applied to the entire Netflix-Marvel TV Defenders universe, including on shows like Luke Kooi and Jessica Jones.
Born again star is aware of those fans’ expectations, but argues that it might not be a bad thing to pull back some of that violence and make the character and show more accessible to a wider audience.
“I would like to say to those people: we did that. Let’s take the things that really worked, but can we broaden?” he said. “Can we appeal to a slightly younger audience without losing what we’ve learned about what works?”
Reborn will see Cox’s Murdock return as the “avocado-at-law” and fearless man after in a series that the actor – who returns alongside original series’ King Pin actor Vincent D’Onofrio – says won’t be a continuation of the Netflix show. “The fact that Kevin is talking about it as a season one, rather than a season four, makes me feel like this is a whole new deal,” Cox told ScreenRant in September.
that of Netflix Daredevilcreated by Drew Goddard and show-run in its debut season by Steven S. DeKnight, was canceled in late 2018 ahead of the announcement that Marvel Television would close and be merged into Marvel Studios.
For years, fans have been campaigning to bring back Murdock, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirming that news in December 2021 alongside the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Murdock’s cameo would mark the character’s first big screen MCU appearance. Cox would appear in several episodes this year She-Hulk: lawyer.
Fiege announced this during San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Reborn would get an 18-episode season and premiere in spring 2024.